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At the NALC Convocation in August, Rev. James Poutyual was commissioned as a NALC Global worker.  Rev. James is from St. Cloud, a pastor and member of the Minkota Mission District.  They will be working in Gambella, Ethiopia, serving in the Sudanses Refugee camps for at least two years.

Rev. James will be working in partnership with the NALC, the Ethiopian Evangelical Church, Mekane Yesu, and the South Sudan Lutheran Church, bringing sacramental worship and Bible studies to the Sudanese refugees.  He is Sudanese by birth, came to the USA as a refugee, and so has there will not be a language or cultural barrier for he and his wife to carry out this ministry.

Please consider supporting this Global mission of the NALC by adding the work of Rev. James and Nyandit to your mission support in the coming year. And, please, in season and out, remember Christian Global workers serving our Lord Jesus in all places!

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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

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Mark 10:5–9

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

Since they have framed certain unjust marriage laws, and apply them in their courts, there is further reason to establish other courts. The traditions concerning spiritual relationships are unjust, as is the tradition forbidding an innocent person to marry after divorce. Also unjust is the law that generally approves all secret and dishonest betrothals in violation of the right of parents. The law concerning the celibacy of priests is also unjust. There are other snares of consciences in their laws, but a recital would be of no profit. It is sufficient to have said this: that there are many unjust papal laws concerning matrimonial matters that demonstrate the need for magistrates to establish other courts.

Pulling It Together

If there are issues in a Christian marriage, a pastor may address them with what is written. Scripture provides abundant comfort and assistance on the specific subject as well as on general topics that are helpful to a marriage. Yet, if the issue lies beyond the reach of the church, let the matter be taken up in civil court. The real issue here, is one of conscience. Scripture provides comfort for those who will amend their ways. However, when new ecclesiastical laws are contrived to control people—for whatever reason—conscience may (and should) always appeal to the Word.

Prayer: Bless Christian marriages, Lord, with your presence in both law and grace. Amen.

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Alphabet Soup is a four-unit (seven lessons each) Sunday School series designed for young students in Preschool and Kindergarten. Lessons are based on storytelling, rhyme, and pictures, and are suitable for participation by non-readers. The flexible lesson plans introduce the youngest believers to the importance and truth of God’s Word. 

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Mark 10:5–9

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

Since they have framed certain unjust marriage laws, and apply them in their courts, there is further reason to establish other courts. The traditions concerning spiritual relationships are unjust, as is the tradition forbidding an innocent person to marry after divorce. Also unjust is the law that generally approves all secret and dishonest betrothals in violation of the right of parents. The law concerning the celibacy of priests is also unjust. There are other snares of consciences in their laws, but a recital would be of no profit. It is sufficient to have said this: that there are many unjust papal laws concerning matrimonial matters that demonstrate the need for magistrates to establish other courts.

Pulling It Together

If there are issues in a Christian marriage, a pastor may address them with what is written. Scripture provides abundant comfort and assistance on the specific subject as well as on general topics that are helpful to a marriage. Yet, if the issue lies beyond the reach of the church, let the matter be taken up in civil court. The real issue here, is one of conscience. Scripture provides comfort for those who will amend their ways. However, when new ecclesiastical laws are contrived to control people—for whatever reason—conscience may (and should) always appeal to the Word.

Prayer: Bless Christian marriages, Lord, with your presence in both law and grace. Amen.

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Alphabet Soup is a four-unit (seven lessons each) Sunday School series designed for young students in Preschool and Kindergarten. Lessons are based on storytelling, rhyme, and pictures, and are suitable for participation by non-readers. The flexible lesson plans introduce the youngest believers to the importance and truth of God’s Word. 

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Matthew 20:25–28

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope – part 64

Jurisdiction remains in those cases that, according to canon law, pertain to the ecclesiastical court, as they call it, and especially in cases of matrimony. The bishops only have this too, by human right, and not for very long, as it appears from the Codex and Novellae of Justinian that decisions concerning marriage belonged to the magistrates at that time. By divine right, civil judges are compelled to make these decisions if the bishops are negligent. The canons also acknowledge the same. Therefore, it is not necessary to obey bishops because of this jurisdiction either.

Pulling It Together

While pastors should be concerned that the Word of God is upheld in the church, they should do so only from the position of the Word’s authority. Otherwise, they have no authority. Pastors, including bishops, are called to speak God’s truth, not to exercise their own fabricated authority. When the Word is given backseat, tempers flare and self-interests dominate. When the will of God is ignored, human will always muscles in, injuring those very persons the church’s leaders are called to serve. Look to Jesus, who had authority and power to act but chose his Father’s will instead (John 10:17–18). His is the best example of pastoral leadership.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, embolden me with Christ’s courage so that I might serve others. Amen.

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I Am Who I Am is a six-week study that explores what it means to “not take the name of the LORD your God in vain” (Exod 20:7), while at the same time trusting the promise in Christ that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).

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1 John 5:1–5

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

Therefore, since the bishops have tyrannically assigned this jurisdiction to themselves alone, and have dishonorably abused it, there is no need, because of this jurisdiction, to obey the bishops. Since there are just reasons why we do not obey, it is also appropriate to restore this authority to godly pastors, and see to it that it is rightly used for the reformation of morals and the glory of God.

Pulling It Together

When the institutional church acts like the world system, there is only one answer: faith in Christ—complete trust in the truth of his gospel. Christ alone will see you through. Raging against the machine is the world’s answer. You must trust in him and behave like his church when all around you seem to have lost their souls. This is how one keeps the faith and lives faithfully.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, give me eyes that focus on Christ. Amen.

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Of One Mind and Purpose is a six-session study examines the unique way in which the Bible describes being united in Christ. It explains how God’s Word can either divide people or bring them together in faith, showing how the relationship we have with one another in the Church comes through Christ alone.

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1 John 5:1–5

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

Therefore, since the bishops have tyrannically assigned this jurisdiction to themselves alone, and have dishonorably abused it, there is no need, because of this jurisdiction, to obey the bishops. Since there are just reasons why we do not obey, it is also appropriate to restore this authority to godly pastors, and see to it that it is rightly used for the reformation of morals and the glory of God.

Pulling It Together

When the institutional church acts like the world system, there is only one answer: faith in Christ—complete trust in the truth of his gospel. Christ alone will see you through. Raging against the machine is the world’s answer. You must trust in him and behave like his church when all around you seem to have lost their souls. This is how one keeps the faith and lives faithfully.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, give me eyes that focus on Christ. Amen.

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Of One Mind and Purpose is a six-session study examines the unique way in which the Bible describes being united in Christ. It explains how God’s Word can either divide people or bring them together in faith, showing how the relationship we have with one another in the Church comes through Christ alone.

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Proverbs 29:2

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

And in what kind of instances did they abuse this power? Certainly not in punishing true offenses, but as concern violations of fasts or festivals, or similar trifles. They sometimes punished adulteries, yet often abusing and defaming innocent and honorable people. Besides, since this is a very serious wrong, no one should be condemned without due process of law.

Pulling It Together

The story of Haman in the Old Testament book of Esther may not be as well known as it should be. Haman was that sort of dishonorable civil official who purchases position and favor (Est 3:15). During the time of Queen Esther, he acted behind the scenes to rid the land of Jews. His obvious maneuvering of King Ahasuerus left the people bewildered. But national politics are not the only kind of affairs that exasperate good people. Church government, on both local and denominational levels, can make people groan under the gravity of unilateral rule.

Prayer: Give me your peace, Lord, during trying times. Amen.

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Good clean laughs woven together with the wisdom of Scripture. Come for the jokes, stay for the devotions. If you think that laughter and religion don't mix, think again! Both volumes of Joke Devotions contain total 200 daily devotions that flow one into the other. If you have a sense of humor and a sense of piety, this book is for you. If you know someone who likes a good joke but isn't sure about their faith, this book is for them.

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2 Thessalonians 3:14–15

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

It is certain that the common authority to excommunicate those guilty of clear offenses belongs to all pastors. The bishops have oppressively transferred this jurisdiction to themselves alone, and have used it for gain. For it is clear that the officials, as they are called, employed intolerable license and, either because of greed or because of other immoral desires, tormented men and excommunicated them without any due process of law. What tyranny it is for civil officials to have the power to arbitrarily condemn and excommunicate men without due process of law!

Pulling It Together

If anyone does not obey the apostolic word, it is the responsibility of pastors to offer a biblical corrective to that sister or brother —even if that correction goes so far as terminating church ties with those who are not faithful. This is often called an unloving thing to do, I think because it is so hard to do. So, pastors must live up to the apostolic bar, even denying Christian fellowship to those who are willfully disobedient. The hope is, that in doing so, that person will repent and be restored to Christian fellowship. If this is the apostolic injunction about laziness, we should be confident it applies to all other clear sins.

Prayer: Help me be faithful, Lord, to you and to your church. Amen.

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This edition of the Luther's Small Catechism is specifically designed to go with the Sola Confirmation Series. The 2010 Sola/ReClaim Edition* is a faithful word-for-word translation from Luther's German Catechism. It also includes the section on the Office of the Keys, added later to Luther's Catechism.

This pocket edition features quotations from the English Standard Version (ESV) of Scripture, and the traditional ICET liturgical texts (as used in the Lutheran Book of Worship). The primary verses of Scripture, Creed, and Prayers are printed in italics; Luther’s explanations are printed in plain text. Luther’s explanations are formatted with a mid-sentence break, to highlight contrasting phrases and to aid in memorization.

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2 Thessalonians 3:14–15

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

It is certain that the common authority to excommunicate those guilty of clear offenses belongs to all pastors. The bishops have oppressively transferred this jurisdiction to themselves alone, and have used it for gain. For it is clear that the officials, as they are called, employed intolerable license and, either because of greed or because of other immoral desires, tormented men and excommunicated them without any due process of law. What tyranny it is for civil officials to have the power to arbitrarily condemn and excommunicate men without due process of law!

Pulling It Together

If anyone does not obey the apostolic word, it is the responsibility of pastors to offer a biblical corrective to that sister or brother —even if that correction goes so far as terminating church ties with those who are not faithful. This is often called an unloving thing to do, I think because it is so hard to do. So, pastors must live up to the apostolic bar, even denying Christian fellowship to those who are willfully disobedient. The hope is, that in doing so, that person will repent and be restored to Christian fellowship. If this is the apostolic injunction about laziness, we should be confident it applies to all other clear sins.

Prayer: Help me be faithful, Lord, to you and to your church. Amen.

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This edition of the Luther's Small Catechism is specifically designed to go with the Sola Confirmation Series. The 2010 Sola/ReClaim Edition* is a faithful word-for-word translation from Luther's German Catechism. It also includes the section on the Office of the Keys, added later to Luther's Catechism.

This pocket edition features quotations from the English Standard Version (ESV) of Scripture, and the traditional ICET liturgical texts (as used in the Lutheran Book of Worship). The primary verses of Scripture, Creed, and Prayers are printed in italics; Luther’s explanations are printed in plain text. Luther’s explanations are formatted with a mid-sentence break, to highlight contrasting phrases and to aid in memorization.

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1 Timothy 5:17–18

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

We have spoken of ordination, which is the only thing, as Jerome says, distinguishing bishops from other elders. Therefore, there is need of no discussion about other duties of bishops. Nor is it necessary to speak of confirmation, nor of the consecration of bells, which are almost the only things they have kept for themselves. Yet, something must be said about jurisdiction.

Pulling It Together

Beware of bishops, pastors, and elders who busy themselves with duties that range often from the ministry of Word and Sacrament. Even in the overseer’s duty of ordination, this ministry of the office is celebrated—often in the best and highest manner. However, when it gets down to the office being “celebrated” by meetings and other human deliberations, the danger can be that the human is being lifted above the divine. But let those who oversee well, tending to the ministry of the gospel, be honored among us.

Prayer: Help me, God, to honor those who look to my care in Christ. Amen.

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The Spiritual Realms is a nine-session Bible Study series on Heaven and Hell and places beyond this world. Specifically, the study looks at the many “place names” that are found throughout Scripture, referring to spiritual realms of existence that underlie and comprise the universe God created. This Bible Study series is a challenging one, in that it explores realities of existence beyond what we know and experience everyday.

The study not only addresses matters of life, death, heaven and hell, it steadfastly affirms that Jesus Christ is at the center of all these things. Our ultimate faith and hope rest in Christ’s death and resurrection for our sake. We live in faith by the biblical promise that: “God raised the Lord, and will also raise us up by his power” (1 Cor 6:14).

A separate Leader's Guide is available. 

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Galatians 1:6–9

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

All these things make it clear that the Church holds the right to elect and ordain ministers. The wickedness and tyranny of bishops allow cause for schism and discord, because Paul instructs that bishops who teach and defend a godless doctrine and godless services should be considered accursed (Gal 1:7–9).

Pulling It Together

If bishops are apostatic, or will not ordain gifted, confessional people, the churches must ordain their own pastors. Even if some consider this to be division, it is better to be separated from heresy and tyranny than in bed with it. Furthermore, the apostolic injunction demands it and considers such divisions necessary (1 Cor 11:19).

Prayer: Attune my ears to your gospel, Lord Jesus. Amen.

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Learning About Communion teaches the meaning of Holy Communion according to the pattern of Luther's Small Catechism, and is recommended for the Fifth Grade Level. Each week focuses on a specific Bible story which illustrates the theme, with additional references from Scripture and Luther's Small Catechism - Children's Version. Lessons emphasize the sacramental promise of the forgiveness of sins conveyed to us in the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. This booklet was designed to be used as a Sunday School unit, or for classes to prepare students for their First Communion.

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